Statement of Academic Purpose

The Fisheries and Marine Institute has a number of academic roles described in the legislation establishing the Institute as a component of the University. It provides degree, diploma, certificate and other programmes in the areas of fisheries and marine science and technology; it provides for the upgrading and enhancement of the fisheries and marine labour force in cooperation with the College of the North Atlantic, and it provides for applied research and technology transfer.

All programmes and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workforce. The advice of industrial programme advisory committees is sought in the ongoing development of longer programmes, while short courses are designed to meet specific industry needs. Whenever appropriate, programmes are submitted for national accreditation, providing graduates with mobility in professional employment

Three year and two year programmes include the Provincial Common First Year for applied science and engineering technologies, developed and introduced by the Marine Institute in 1990. The Common First Year reflects the need for technology programme graduates to possess an understanding of core science and mathematics concepts, which are fundamental to technology specific knowledge and skills. Technologists graduating from three year programmes will have developed the ability to apply their learning to the solution of technological problems.

Overall, the Marine Institute is committed to providing a learning environment in which students can achieve to their full potential. It endeavors to design and deliver programmes that provide graduates with highly competitive skills and abilities. It encourages excellence in teaching and learning, and seeks to provide the industrial community with relevant, high quality, applied research and technology transfer.

Non-Degree Programmes

Students admitted to diploma of technology (diploma) programmes with transfer credits or exemptions as a result of attendance at another institution will be admitted to these programmes with advanced standing. Any students admitted to these programmes with advanced standing who intend to pursue one of the degree programmes and register for degree credit courses and diploma courses concurrently may declare themselves according to the Degree Programme section below.

Details of the non-degree programmes and courses of the Marine Institute are contained in a separate Fisheries and Marine Institute Calendar.

Degree Programmes

The Marine Institute offers a Bachelor of Maritime Studies degree, with two options: Marine Engineering Technology and Nautical Science Technology and a Bachelor of Technology degree. It also offers a Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) programme and, together with the Faculty of Science and the Ocean Sciences Centre, a Master of Science in Aquaculture, both through the School of Graduate Studies.

Students admitted to diploma programmes with advanced standing who intend to pursue either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology programme and who wish to register concurrently for degree credit courses and diploma courses, should apply for general admission to Memorial University, indicating either pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology, under the Marine Institute section of the Undergraduate Application for Admission/Re-admission to Memorial University form. This application should be accompanied by a Marine Institute Application for Admission for either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology programme.

This application is in addition to the application for admission to the diploma programme and will be accepted only from students admitted to a diploma programme and intending to pursue either degree. Students in this category who have been accepted for general admission to the University and have indicated one of the Marine Institute's pre-programmes, will be considered as either pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology. Such students will be permitted to register for degree-credit courses subject to normal availability and prerequisites.

Upon successful completion of the requirements for the diploma, students must formally apply for admission to the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology programme using the Marine Institute Application for Admission for either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology programme.

General Regulations

Regulations and fees for the non-degree programmes of the Marine Institute which differ from those governing the University's degree programmes are described in the separate Fisheries and Marine Institute Calendar.

Beyond the regulations and requirements specific to the Degree Programmes at the Marine Institute, students will be governed by the General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) as laid down in this University Calendar.

Candidates declared as Pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology, as described in the Degree Programme section above, will be governed by the regulations as outlined below:

1. Student Classification

Subject to the General Academic Regulations governing Classification of Students, section 1(a), and the regulations governing the respective diploma programmes, students who have been declared under the above regulations in a pre-degree programme will be deemed as full-time if they are registered for either: three (3) diploma courses and a minimum of three (3) degree credit hours, or two (2) diploma courses and a minimum of six (6) degree credit hours.

2. Course Load

The normal course load for pre-programme students will be the number of courses normally scheduled for the respective semester or session of the diploma programme in which the student is registered OR 15 credit hours in degree credit courses.

Otherwise, any of the following combinations is recommended as the maximum course load for pre-programme students. Students should consult with the Chair of the diploma programme in which they are registered if they wish to register for a number of courses that is beyond the recommended course load.
Diploma Programme Course Load Maximum Degree Credit Hour Load
2 12
3 9
4 6
5 3

3. Continuance and Readmission

Where a student is classified as full-time under either the appropriate degree regulations or diploma regulations, the student will be subject to the continuance and readmission regulations governing either the degree or diploma programme in which they are deemed to be a full-time student.

Students who are registered in both degree and diploma courses and classified as part-time according to both the General Academic Regulations of this University and the respective diploma regulations, but who are full-time according to the above Student Classification definition, will be subject to the readmission and continuance regulations governing the respective diploma programme in which the student is registered.


Last modified on May 10, 2001 by MaryJane Puxley

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